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This issue of the middle-level edition of Science Class features the theme Technological Design . Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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When asked about technology, most students are likely to first think of their computers, the internet, or their iPods. But people have been inventing, innovating, and changing to meet their needs since the beginning of civilization. Students need to think of technology not only as computers and other modern inventions, but also as a significant factor in all aspects of society from communication to agriculture to construction. This issue provides you with examples of how some of your colleagues are teaching their students about technology and how new technological breakthroughs are making the news.

Technological Design in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators).

Technologies developed by scientists and students are discussed in this month’s news stories.

Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/news_stories_middle.htm to learn more.

Technological Design on the Web

In this month's middle-level journal, Science Scope, NSTA members can read "The CSI Effect: Changing the Face of Science" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=52803. For the complete Science Scope November 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=52816.

NSTA Journal Articles on Technological Design

Read these articles from the NSTA journal archives for ideas on how technological design can have an impact on your classroom.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Technological Design in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/books_middle.htm.

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Professional Development

NSTA Web Seminars

A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled through March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon, Mars exploration, plate tectonics, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International Polar Year! To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Western Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 7-9, 2006:

The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Global Science Teaching

UNEP, Yale and Publishers Launch “Online Access to Research in the Environment” for Global Access to Critical Environmental Research

To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers today launch a new collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental sciences available online to scientists, researchers, and policy makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.

To read more, visit http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-10-30-05.all.html

NSTA Opportunities

Call for Papers

Science Scope (grades 6–9) has issued a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:


Next Month's Theme:

Making Science Accessible

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